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Chris Matthews thinks Netanyahu “took over” US foreign policy

Chris Matthews thinks Netanyahu “took over” US foreign policy

Don’t let the narrative catch on!

In case you missed it, yesterday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech before Congress eviscerating Obama’s policy toward Iran and triggering a complete meltdown amongst Democrats and liberal talking heads.

I included the rail-jumping from MSNBC institution Chris Matthews in a previous post, but something he said during his rant has been nagging at me ever since I blew it off and hit “publish”:

Speaking to Thomas Roberts shortly after Netanyahu’s speech ended, Matthews said definitively, “This man from a foreign government walked into the United States legislative chamber and tried to take over foreign policy.”

“He said you should trust me, not your president on this,” Matthews continued, describing the tone of Netanyahu’s remarks. “I’m the man you should trust, I’m your true leader on this question of U.S. geopolitics. If you want to protect yourself, you must listen to me and not this president.”

Calling the situation “startling,” Matthews said, “It’s a remarkable day when the leaders of the opposition in Congress allowed this to happen. Think it through, what country in the world would let a foreign leader come in and attempt to rest from the president control of U.S. foreign policy?”

“This was a takeover attempt by Netanyahu with his complying American partners to take American foreign policy out of the hands of the president,” he concluded.


Man from a foreign government. Leaders from the opposition. Am I in way too deep here, or does it sounds like Matthews is accusing Republicans of actually conspiring with Netanyahu to achieve some sort of coup?

It may have seeped out of someone like Chris Matthews, but this is still an important tweak in the narrative and we shouldn’t ignore it if it self-perpetuates beyond MSNBC’s audience. Up until now, we’ve heard a whole lot of moaning over breaches of etiquette and snubs and boycotts and how dare he tell us how to live our lives; we haven’t yet heard much out of the substantive policy wheelhouse (read: anything that actually matters in terms of preventing Iran from blowing us all to hell.)

This feels like a dog whistle. Eventually, Democrats are going to have to pivot away from the sandbox politics they’ve been playing since Boehner announced the visit and confront Netanyahu’s indictment of their deal with Iran; but it would be much easier to make the transition if they could somehow force the public to focus less on the impending disaster of a nuclear Iran and more on this idea that Republicans and the Israeli government are colluding to undermine Obama at the expense of the safety and security of the American people.

Intrigue for the hell of it isn’t something Netanyahu has time for, but if it helps them regain control of this spiraling situation, I’m willing to bet Democrats will take that narrative all the way to the bank.


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Henry Hawkins | March 4, 2015 at 8:38 am

“Am I in way too deep here, or does it sounds like Matthews is accusing Republicans of actually conspiring with Netanyahu to achieve some sort of coup?”

We need to confront this ‘narrative’ lest people start giving it credence? Are you serious?

    Ragspierre in reply to Henry Hawkins. | March 4, 2015 at 10:53 am

    As a Victorian would say, “It’s my littled deuced coup, you don’t know what I’ve got, what!”

    In the era of the first post-American president, you’re going to see all kinds of firsts, and not always FROM Barracula.

    The world is not going to stand by and let him make it MUCH more dangerous without reacting.

    Skookum in reply to Henry Hawkins. | March 4, 2015 at 11:11 am

    The only reason Bibi could come here and make such a credible, hopefully game-changing speech in the House is that Barry has totally destroyed his own credibility.

    Putting Barry’s miserable track record aside, how could anyone have faith in a foreign policy developed by Soetoro-Biden-Kerry? Anything that trio of stooges proposes is almost certain to be a perfect contrarian policy to avoid and which lends great credibilty to the exact opposite position.

      Observer in reply to Skookum. | March 4, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Yes, Netanyahu has taken over U.S. foreign policy?

      We should be so lucky. Instead of a real leader like Bibi, we have the insane clown posse of Barry, Valerie, and John Kerry.

smalltownoklahoman | March 4, 2015 at 9:09 am

Well I for one think that control over foreign policy ought to be removed from this particular president’s hands! How many times has he stabbed our allies in the back while continuing to pander to those we should be taking a hard stand against instead of constant appeasement? Obama needs to be OPPOSED, honestly, openly, and by those who don’t give a flying fig about his feelings or agenda. If that happens to come from a foreign leader whose nation’s survival depends on Obama not getting what he wants then I’m all for it.

Perhaps Netanyahu can be persuaded to lone his testicles to the the majority leaders of the House and Senate from time to time in the coming months!

    Clinger in reply to Rick2guns. | March 4, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Hell, they wouldn’t know what to do with them…

    McAllister in reply to Rick2guns. | March 4, 2015 at 10:36 am

    If only

    I submit they treat them like the Orb in Sleeper. Perhaps some Mojo will rub off on them.

    The contrast between a real leader and the mom jean wearing poseur we have in the White House couldn’t be more stark. Bibi spoke the cold, hard truth. Something progressives WILL NOT tolerate! Hence the reason they restrict speech and religious expression whenever they get the chance. Now time for the flying monkeys in the media to drag the truth back to the swamp where they can drown it.

Netanyahu has taken over foreign policy? The Iranian of the Day” Valerie Jarrett has taken over foreign policy.

Given the recent abysmal, revolting, and impotent performance of the GOP-majority in Congress on illegal immigration, alone, this country is in dire need of leadership.

At least Bibi can be trusted.

(Why can’t Mitch McConnell play with the nuclear option like Harry Reid? Toys only for big boys?)

I think Matthews is assuming Obama considers the Congress to be anything more than a cheering section for his brilliance.

“Congress? I don’t need no stinkin’ Congress!”

DINORightMarie | March 4, 2015 at 9:35 am

This reminds me of what Prof. Jacobson often blogs about, the anti-Semitic accusations slapped at anyone Jewish who loves Israel – bashing them as anti-America, traitorous, etc. It’s part of the BDS movement, I believe.

If you can link back to those articles, I think you will see what I’m referring to, and the connection.

Chrissy is a plague on our society, a champion of propaganda-as-journOlism in the US today. However, if this gets picked up and passed along, trumpeted, on the food chain of the praetorian guard, then it could morph into meme – some mud slung that sticks, like the nonsensical “war on women” schtick.

(Sorry for all the mixed metaphors; just so much to say in agreement with your point.)

    joethefatman in reply to DINORightMarie. | March 4, 2015 at 10:30 am

    It was straight forward antisemitism. An old white guy talking about how a Jew conspired with republicans to take over the government.

    See, I can be just like that guy on msnbc that said that mentioning Chicago in relation to O was racist. You know… Matthews

nordic_prince | March 4, 2015 at 9:49 am

“Wrest control,” not “rest control,” but, yeah – never mind Zero’s constant pandering to Muslims – what freaks the libtards out is the frankness of Bibi’s speech. Iran poses a threat to all of us, not just the Israelis.

Let me translate what Netanyahu did into Alinsky-speak: “He spoke truth to power.”

Of course, that is sometimes the essence of leadership.

I knew as soon as I saw the headlines calling him “leader of the free world” that the tinfoil hat crowd and the genocidal anti-semites would take this a “proof” that Jews run the US. Because I am someone who has actually worked in Washington, I know this is not the case. I also know that, in the US, people can take advice from anyone they choose. Jews, like everybody else in the US, get to be prominent as advisors because they give persuasive advice.

People from other countries do not understand this. That is because other societies are locked into strata through family and circumstance, and they cannot conceive of a different system, such as the one we enjoy. They do not understand that part of the American genius is that we will take a good idea from anybody. Other countries automatically filter out ideas from whole classes of people: by skin color, country of origin, religion, economic positioning, and gender.

Would that they did run the world.

Would that Bibi did affect American Foreign policy.

Humphrey's Executor | March 4, 2015 at 10:11 am

Obama and the left are bitchin’ ’cause they think congress is over-stepping its authority in foreign policy. Like they ever respected congress’s authority in anything.

Netanyahu has “taken over” our foreign policy? Good.

A complete meltdown among Democrats? It seems to take so little these days to accomplish this. We need more of it. When they have melted down enough, the whole pile of sludge needs to be deposited in an underground vault and covered over with concrete and a sign erected that says “never again”.

Chris being the Democrat that he is, sees the “Man not the Law.” Democrats are the biggest shmucks when it comes to following someone. He simply saw Bibi as a leader in comparison to Obummer.

Obummer as president of the United States essentially becomes the “leader of the free world” when he assumes the identity of President of the United States. Obummer’s policy of leading from behind, now has also removed him from the titular leadership position that the presidency would normally have bestowed upon him.

In this case we are seeing Munich 1938 in reverse. Obummer and Iran are deciding the future of Israel such as Hitler and Mussolini were. Instead of Czechoslovakia which had no say in its future at the Munich 1938 agreement, Israel has let us know that it is no Czechoslovakia.

pablo panadero | March 4, 2015 at 10:38 am

I am sure that if Obama (or Kerry) asked to speak to a joint session of congress about the Iran deal, Boehner would oblige. Perhaps Boehner can give Obama/Kerry the choice, either come to a joint session of congress to present their side of the Iran deal, or he will invite the Iranian negotiator to a joint session of congress to present it.

Someone has to run our foreign policy because President Obama doesn’t seem to be interested. Why is Chris Mathews calling the Republicans the opposition? I thought he was a journalist and not bias, I guess we can put that one to rest too. And finally why would anyone in the whole world trust President Obama or this administration, they have lied to everyone at every turn.

Sadly, this meme (“This man from a foreign government walked into the United States legislative chamber and tried to take over foreign policy”) is the #1 talking point for progressives I have contact with today. It is a testament to how effective Bibi was in his speech that this is the only approach they can use to undermine what he said.

Empress Trudy | March 4, 2015 at 10:44 am

Chris Balloonhead Matthews has often indicated he’s part of the group that quietly believes that the “Jews” secretly control America. In 2012 he would frequently whine that ‘Bibi thinks he can control OUR elections?????’ and things like that. If you caught him in an unguarded moment he’d no doubt start foaming about Jewish control of all banks and media as well.

Oddly, Chris Matthews and Benjamin Netanyahu went to HS only a few miles apart from each other in the Philly area.

Matthews went to LaSalle HS (’63) and Netanyahu went to Cheltenham HS (’67). Under 3 miles apart from each other. And Chris’ brother was heavily into local Republican politics.

Yet their world views could not be more different.

I don’t accept the premise that what we’re discussing is just US foreign policy. Isn’t it a multi-country agreement with Iran? Isn’t Iran trying to persuade other countries, Israel included, to agree with them? Shouldn’t another opinion on this agreement be heard? Since Iran has such easy access to our White House, isn’t letting Netanyahu speak to congress reasonable?

PersonFromPorlock | March 4, 2015 at 11:35 am

Does anyone else remember William F. Buckley’s quip “It’s no odder that Ross Perot had his own foreign policy towards Iran than that Jimmy Carter didn’t?”

Mysticbeetle | March 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm

(“This man from a foreign government walked into the United States legislative chamber and tried to take over foreign policy”

What foreign policy?

The bowing to his masters or the random collateral drone “peace” initiative damage.

CM is a 5th columnist.

Here is an interesting link which lists the dozens of foreign leaders who have addressed joint sessions of congress:

These progs are so devoid of fact it is hard not to simply laugh in their faces when they say stupid shit like this.

““This man from a foreign government walked into the United States legislative chamber and tried to take over foreign policy.” ”

Since it’s quite clear thatObama/Kerry haven’t a clue what they’re doing, or who they’re dealing with in Tehran , it’s past time some knowledgeable adult stepped in. Seems to me when his country’s existence is at stake, BiBi has both the right and the responsibility to take his case to Congress. The Termite-in-Chief isn’t listening.

buckeyeminuteman | March 5, 2015 at 2:01 pm

As a graduate of Ohio State it’s embarrassing they actually had him speak at Spring Commencement in 2014. Then again, when I graduated in 2008 we had Brian Williams of chopper-whopper fame…so sad to see what the academic institutions of America have become.

Gremlin1974 | March 5, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Chris also thinks that Jack Daniels is a food group.